Judge lowers bond for abuse suspect who is pregnant

Dianeth Pittman

District Judge Richard Gurley reduced bond Friday for a Clifton woman suspected of abusing a 9-year-old girl.

Dianeth Pittman, 39, was ordered jailed on $100,000 bond at the Mesa County Jail, where she has been in custody since her arrest May 9. She had been held on $150,000 bond.

The reduction came after prosecutors moved to dismiss one charge, reckless child abuse causing serious injury, and filed new charges of second-degree assault and misdemeanor child abuse.

Since Pittman’s arrest, a doctor advised prosecutors that a head injury suffered by the alleged victim did not meet the state’s legal criteria for serious bodily injury, Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle said. The girl told investigators Pittman allegedly slammed her head against a wall and tripped her, causing the girl to fall on the floor in early May.

In a separate, earlier incident, prosecutors allege Pittman took a heated knife to the girl’s abdomen and “branded” her.

Pittman’s public defender, Heidi Taylor, cited Pittman’s pregnancy and recommendations she see a doctor twice weekly as justification for a lower bond and pretrial release from jail. The pregnancy is considered high-risk because of Pittman’s insulin-dependent diabetes, Taylor said.


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